One Direction, Backstreet Boys, the Beatles among 32 crews competing for coveted title; round-one voting closes on Thursday at noon ET.
By Christina Garibaldi
MTV’s Battle of the Boy Bands is officially under way! On Monday (April 23), we opened first-round voting in our interactive bracket competition, where 32 bands, spanning all generations, will face off.
The fans determine who’ll continue, who gets eliminated and, eventually who earns the title of Greatest Boy Band of All Time. So start voting now to make sure your favorite group advances to round two and beyond. And the bands aren’t just going to stand by while you vote — they’re already campaigning for your support as the the Wanted did in their hilarious video. Voting in round one closes on Thursday at noon ET. The tourney is sure to heat up before the winner is announced on May 7.
All right, it’s time to reveal our list of the 32 competing boy bands. Read on as we break down a few key matchups in the first round of competition and sound off on our list on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB!
Backstreet Boys vs. Westlife: This will likely be an interesting first-round matchup since these two bands have one thing in particular on their side: longevity. Both groups have been around since the late 1990s, and while Westlife called it quits in 2011, the Backstreet Boys are still going strong, currently on a European tour with fellow boy-banders and tournament finalists, New Kids on the Block. Of course, BSB had worldwide success. Their 1999 album, Millennium, sold more 1 million copies in its first week. And Westlife, originally signed by Simon Cowell, had a hit song in the U.S, “Swear It Again,” and ruled the U.K. charts with 14 #1 singles. Here’s a fun fact: Westlife’s first big break came in 1998 when they opened for the Backstreet Boys at a concert in Dublin.
‘NSYNC vs. 5ive: Yes, both of these groups consisted of five members, but they actually have more in common than that. In 1998, 5ive embarked on a U.S tour with ‘NSYNC, but soon after, left the tour due to exhaustion. Interestingly, both bands notably decided to call it quits at the peak time of their success. In 2001, 5ive had just released their third album when the lead single, “Let’s Dance,” became their third #1 in the U.K. They soon announced they were calling it a day. Similarly, in 2002, after ‘NSYNC’s second album, No Strings Attached became the best-selling album of the decade, the group released Celebrity, which gave the group three #1 singles. After a tour in support of their third album, they decided to go on a permanent break.
The Wanted vs. Color Me Badd: It’s not only old versus new in this matchup, it’s pop versus R&B. British boy band the Wanted have had much success overseas and recently found fame Stateside with their hit single “Glad You Came.” The group’s first U.S. EP hits stores on Tuesday and they just released their next track, “Chasing the Sun.” But don’t count out Color Me Badd: Much like The Wanted, this group had success early on in their career. From 1991 to 1992, the group had five hit singles off their debut album, including the smash hit “I Wanna Sex You Up.”
One Direction vs. Day 26:
This could be an exciting matchup since the two bands were assembled by two of the most influential minds in music: Simon Cowell and Diddy. British boy band One Direction got their start on the U.K. version of the “X Factor” and quickly took off from there. In March, their debut album, Up All Night, debuted at #1, the first time a U.K. group did so with a debut album . Day 26 also got their start on a television show, MTV’s “Making the Band 4.” In 2008, one year after their formation, the group released their self-titled album on Diddy’s Bad Boy records; it debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.
IM5 vs. B2K
Voting is under way in round one of MTV’s Battle of the Boy Bands and closes at noon ET on Thursday, April 26. Winners are determined by fan ballots, so if your favorite band made the cut, keep voting. Tune in to AMTV and MTV Hits daily for boy-band video takeovers. And don’t forget to spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #BBB and like us on Facebook for updates!
The 20-year-old Pittsburgh MC is currently on tour for his Macadelic mixtape.
By Rob Markman
Mac is back, so you can expect a Most Dope “RapFix Live” when Mac Miller returns to the red couch on Wednesday.
It’s been a hell of a ride for the 20-year-old spitter, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. After landing the #1 album in the country last November with his debut LP Blue Slide Park, Mac has been moving at an accelerated pace. He concluded his 80-date, sold-out BSP tour in December and immediately hit the lab to cook up his Macadelic mixtape, which he dropped as a free Internet download in March.
“It’s like the story of someone who is growing up, trying to figure out who he is and trying to figure out what he’s supposed to do in the world and how he’s gonna change it,” Mac told Mixtape Daily of Macadelic. “I think it’s a great piece because it’s a great part of my career, it’s a great time right now and I feel like I been making mixtapes for five years, so this one is very special to me.”
The tape features contributions from Cam’ron, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Wayne on the soul-bearing “The Question.” “This song is a real meaningful song to me, man, and I wanted to make sure I got Wayne on something that was heartfelt,” he said of “The Question.” “I got him on a record that I was saying something and not just talkin’ sh–, so this record right here really kinda deals with a question that I’ve been goin’ through in my own head.”
Mac is currently out on tour in support of Macadelic, but that didn’t stop him from announcing his next run: the with Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Chevy Woods. “It means everything, Mac’s my little homey. It’s good for his fans; it’s good for everybody who’ve been wanting to see us do what we do together,” Wiz told MTV News of the joint summer tour last week while on the set for Maroon 5′s “Payphones” video in L.A.
Catch Mac Miller on “RapFix Live” Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com, and be sure to join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive. Send your questions for the artists @MTVRapFix!
Battle of the Boy Bands competitor will also sit down for a 30-minute interview on Tuesday at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com.
By Jocelyn Vena
The Wanted will sit down with MTV News’ Sway Calloway to not only celebrate the release of their self-titled U.S. debut EP, but also to premiere their highly anticipated music video “Chasing the Sun” during “MTV First: The Wanted,” airing Tuesday, April 24, at 7:53 p.m. ET on MTV.
Immediately following the MTV premiere, the cheeky British fivesome will stay on for an additional 30-minute live Q&A session with Sway on MTV.com. Fans can get in on the action by submitting video or text questions via MTV.com or @MTVNews on Twitter, using the hashtags #MTVFirst or #AskTheWanted.
Not enough Wanted for you? Well, MTV News will follow the group all day long before they sit down for “MTV First” as they travel New York City to promote the album release, giving fans insider updates on all the latest happenings from each stop online and on mobile.
The Wanted were an MTV PUSH (Play Until Someone Hears) artist back in February just as their chart-topping single “Glad You Came” hit Stateside. They also stormed the stage in Las Vegas as one of the acts on MTV’s 2012 Spring Break a month later.
The guys are also one of the 32 boy-band hopefuls in MTV’s Battle of the Boy Bands, which pits some of the greatest boy bands of all time against one another, until fans vote their favorite group to #1. The battle rages on at BBB.MTV.com, with the first round ending on Thursday.
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